A very special NXT UK Superstar Picks!
For the first time ever, WWE World Champion DREW MCINTYRE is part of NXT UK! What is the Scottish Stud’s favorite match EVER?
- 3/5/20 – Aoife Valkyrie VS Isla Dawn; Valkyrie wins.
- 3/26/20 – A-Kid VS Noam Dar; Dar wins.
- 1/15/17 – WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament Semifinals: Pete Dunne VS Mark Andrews; Dunne wins and advances to the finals.
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Andy Shepherd welcomes us back.
Once again, NXT UK hands things over for some Superstar Picks, but this will be a very special edition. The stars tonight are some of the UK’s finest who are currently competing across the pond. Who better to start than the two time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, Nikki Cross?
The Loony Lass has been watching the NXT UK superstars choose their favorite, so Nikki is going to give us hers. It’s a rather recent one in Aoife Valkyrie VS Isla Dawn! Aoife was continuing from a victorious debut while the White Witch of Scotland was going to use her experience to test the newcomer. Sit back and enjoy the new generation!
Aoife Valkyrie VS Isla Dawn!
The newest force of nature collides with the White Witch for the first time in NXT UK! Witness the Valkyrie rise!
The bell rings and Isla circles with Aoife. They tie up, fans rally and Aoife wrenches to a wristlock. Isla spins through but Aoife spins, too. Isla rolls and hooks a leg, but Aoife powers her down to the ma! Aoife keeps on the wristlock then snapmares to hook and La Magistrol, TWO! Aoife keeps hold to ghost pin, TWO! Fans rally as Aoife wrenches back to the wristlock. Isla pushes with forearms, spins and bridges to wring Aoife out! Cover, TWO as Aoife gets a shoulder up. Isla pushes it back down for another cover. TWO as Aoife brings the other shoulder up. Isla tries again, TWO as Aoife bridges! Isla throws her whole weight on Aoife for the cover, TWO as Aoife manages to bridge again!
Fans rally as Aoife monkey flips then rolls back to her own cover, TWO! Aoife gets to the corner, Isla runs in to monkey flip but Aoife handsprings through. Aoife wags a finger, then jumps to dropkick, but Isla grabs the legs out of the air! Isla has Aoife down, but Aoife rolls back to SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO as Isla sunset flips, TWO! Aoife jackknifes, TWO as Isla bridges up. Isla hooks the arms but Aoife resists the backslide. Isla still gets it, TWO! Aoife ducks a kick but Isla does the splits to avoid one back! Fans cheer as the two stare down. Aoife watches Isla start to rise and swings a kick! Isla ducks the kick to roll Aoife up! Aoife slips out to mule kick then run. She slides under Isla, Isla ducks a heel kick, but Aoife sweeps the legs!
Aoife powers up to standing moonsault! Cover, ONE, but by a small gap of the shoulder. Aoife keeps on Isla as fans rally up. She hooks one arm but Isla powers up. Isla tries to fireman’s carry but can’t keep Aoife up. Instead, Isla rams Aoife into the corner. Aoife pushes and boots bakc, then hops up. But Isla uses a Tiger Feint to trip Aoife up! Fans fire up as Isla climbs, leaps and METEORAS! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally again as Isla looms over Aoife. Isla drags Aoife up, waistlocks, but Aoife elbows back and PELES! Isla staggers, Aoife HEEL KICKS! Aoife heads up top, aims at Isla, FLYING SCISSOR KICK! Cover, Aoife wins!
Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall
The Flight of the Valkyrie is 2-0 and soaring in the NXT UK Women’s Division! Will Aoife move up towards Kay Lee Ray and that NXT UK Women’s Championship?
NXT UK recaps Imperium’s win of the NXT Tag Team Championships.
The Broserweights could not defend the titles, so Matt Riddle teamed with Timothy Thatcher. However, that duo fell apart, and Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel took advantage! Now Imperium has taken over NXT prime’s tag division! Walter says this was something that needed to happen for this sport. Aichner says it was rather surreal. It is the first time Europeans have won anything in prime NXT. It is only impossible until someone does it. These two have done it. “The future for Imperium is world domination.” It isn’t about them, but about the future, the passion, the business and the mat.
One of the man reasons these two work well together is because of their upbringings. Aichner wanted to do something with his life, and one day he watched the last few minutes of SmackDown. Taker, Big Show and Brock Lesnar, it all hit him. Aichner found Alex Wright’s wrestling school, who was a braggadocios German wrestler in WCW. Wright says the day Aichner walked into his wrestling school was the day Wright knew Aichner was a diamond in the rough. Aichner would drive four hours both ways just to learn from the best. Walter says he has never seen someone so reliable in the ring. It doesn’t matter what happens, Aichner has an answer. Most impressive was his discipline. Steve Wright says Aichner is one of the strongest men. He moves like a lightweight, hits like a heavyweight. Speed, power and passion, all must-haves for wrestling.
Combined with Barthel as a second generation prodigy, they were an incredible combination from day one. It feels like fate. They’ve only known each other a few years, but their connection goes back decades. The greatest rival of Barthel’s father was none other than Aichner’s teacher. Steve Wright, Axel Dieter, they battled for years and all over the world. Wrestling was Barthel’s life, and that is why he wanted to be in the business. But his father told him that the foundation is pain and hard work. But it would be all worth it. Barthel did go through rough sessions, learned everything his father knew. The mat is sacred, and that was no more clear than in Axel’s style. Nowadays, wrestlers tries to make jokes, dance around, being funny. Imperium will make us all remember what wrestling is truly about.
People saw Imperium as a threat, but they’re actually the exact opposite. NXT UK doesn’t rise up to where it is without Imperium. So, you’re welcome. Walter says what makes them different is that they are not “WWE fanboys.” They do want to be in WrestleMania’s main event, and vow to do just that. Who can stop them? Walter is NXT UK Champion. Aichner and Barthel are NXT Tag Team Champions. Now they just need to restore the honor of wrestling, and lead the world into that bright future.
William Regal shares his Superstar Pick!
The NXT General Manager is very proud to choose a match that pits two of NXT UK’s finest technical talents. First, Noam Dar, who has always been impressive in the ring, even with his bravado getting in the way. Second, A-Kid, the Spanish Ace of the new generation, who Regal himself recommended to NXT UK GM, Johnny Saint. Both men are skilled in the British and European styles, so surely fans of NXT UK will enjoy it.
A-Kid VS Noam Dar!
The Spanish Ace was minding his own business, and didn’t appreciate the Scottish Supernova butting in. Will AK make Mr. 11 butt out and back off for once in his life?
The bell rings and AK circles with Dar. They tie up as fans duel, and AK grabs at the kick. Dar gets away and respects the speed. They go again, Dar gets a waistlock and takedown but AK gets free. Dar and AK tie up with knuckle locks and go shoulder to shoulder. Dar rolls back and wrenches AK to the mat. Fans sing for Darth Dar but AK kips up and bridges around to headscissor! Fans cheer that but Dar bridges back. AK keeps on and cranks Dar’s head in the hold. Dar moves up and around to pop free and then tackle AK for a headlock. Dar adds a noogie! The ref reprimands but AK fights his way up. AK powers Dar to ropes and the ref calls for a break. AK lets up but Dar shoves. Dar avoids the kick and brushes off his shoulder.
Dar and AK circle and tie up again. AK rolls and then gets a leg to then get a headlock. Dar fights to keep his shoulders off the mat and then works his way around. They stand, AK wrenches and hooks Dar up for an Octopus! AK pulls an arm but Dar pops free. AK sunset flips but Dar stays up. Dar stomps but misses and AK kicks him in the back! AK trips Dar up, runs but Dar trips him up. Dar tries a rear mount but AK slips out the back to trip Dar up and float to a ghost pin! TWO and Dar baits AK into a backslide. TWO and Dar shoves. AK leaps over for a sunset flip, TWO! Another ghost pin, ONE! Dar has the half nelson cover, ONE! AK has the ghost, ONE!
Dar again, ONE! AK again, ONE! ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, TWO!! AK almost had Dar but he cartwheels to avoid the Penalty Kick! Fans cheer this great exchange and even AK smiles. But Dar growls and scowls as he and AK circle. They tie up again, and Dar puts AK on the ropes. Dar lets off but cheap shot elbows AK to the apron! Dar drags AK up and has him on the ropes a la Orton, but just lets him go. AK catches himself with his hands! But Dar kicks him in the face! The ref reprimands Dar but Dar flexes. Dar walks over and AK kicks him in the leg! Dar is furious and he stomps AK over and over! The ref backs Dar off, and AK throws himself at Dar’s legs. Dar drops an elbow and then drags AK up for a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer but Dar circles AK like a shark. Dar drags AK around with an armlock and digs his knuckles into wherever he can. Fans rally up and AK fights up to throw body shots and forearms. Dar kicks a leg out but AK runs, goes up and over and arm-drags! AK kips up to dropkick Dar out! Fans fire up as AK builds speed to the corner, but Dar gets in. AK adjusts to leap! Into a FUJIWARA! AK endures being bent around, rolls through, and catches Dar’s punch into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Dar powers up but AK holds on. Dar pops the legs apart to get a kneebar! AK stands up and spins out to get the armbar! Dar reaches and rolls to get a cover, TWO! AK ROUNDHOUSES Dar!
Dar wobbles, AK fires up and grabs Dar’s shoulders, but Dar mule kick LOW BLOWS!! The ref completely misses that! Dar runs for the NOVA ROLLA!! Cover, Dar wins!!
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall
The Scottish Supernova is controversial as ever! The referee’s angle may have been what screwed A-Kid over but Dar still wants to brag on the mic. “Well then. An over the top rope 20-Man Battle Royal. Ooooh~! More like 19 Dafties, 1 Supernova 11 and YOUR next NXT UK Champion! No pinkie, no party. Thank you, b-b-b-b-b!” Dar heads out, ready to turn it up to 11 and tear the knob off. We know in the present he doesn’t win that, but does Dar still have a way to get after a title?
NXT UK hears from Pretty Deadly.
“NXT UK has one of the strongest tag team divisions in this company.” Who are they to argue the success and ability of those other teams? Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley see the high-flyers who are too busy wanting the affection of the fans. They see the big strong tough guys that don’t look like stars. All the teams in NXT UK seem to lack that je ne sais quoi. But Pretty Deadly talk about the light at the end of the tunnel: the two tasty snacks- Wait, whose football (soccer ball) is? Pretty Deadly picks it up and kicks it away! Sam gets heated running down whoever kicked it, but Lewis calms him down. Cheers to Pretty Deadly.
Next week, NXT UK presents #InternationalProminence!
The retrospective moves to looking around the world, highlighting the best the UK and Europe has, and how they’ve stacked up against wrestlers from around the world! Get ready to watch mat classics from Pete Dunne, Zack Gibson, Walter, Toni Storm and many more!
Drew McIntyre shares his Superstar Picks!
The first-ever Scottish born WWE World Champion, “It’s quite fricken time” McIntyre is on NXT UK. He’s only been bugging Triple H for two years, so let’s call this phase one. UK wrestling has definitely grown in the time McIntyre’s been wrestling. There was barely anything 19 years ago, a lot of people feel McIntyre is a founding father of the modern UK scene. McIntyre sparked something when he first came to the WWE, then when he came back home, it was just incredible. Not just the fanbase but the in-ring talent and how it kept growing and growing. The next logical step was this brand to take it to the next level. And he was blown away by the two in this match he has chosen. It is Pete Dunne VS Mark Andrews from the original United Kingdom Championship tournament! Enough said, just watch it.
WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament Semifinals: Pete Dunne VS Mark Andrews!
One step away from the finals, and former friends in the Bruiserweight and the High-Fiving, Stage Diving Welsh Rockstar clash! We know Dunne’s history in the WWE’s UK brand, but see just one of the building blocks in its foundation!
Dunne doesn’t want to shake hands with Andrews, he wants to win. The bell rings, the two circle, and the two tie up. Dunne scoops and slams Andrews fast, covers, TWO! Dunne wraps Andrews up in a chinlock and thrashes him around. Andrews endures as Dunne cranks back, but Dunne shifts to push Andrews’ head down. Dunne STOMPS Andrews’ head as the fans rally and duel. Andrews gets to ropes, Dunne brings him up and whips him corner to corner. Andrews goes up but Dunne stays back. Andrews lands to immediately spring up and moonsault, tilt-o-whirl arm-drag! Dunne bails out, Andrews builds speed, Andrews FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Dunne! Andrews high fives his fans before stalking Dunne around the way.
The ring count starts, Andrews puts Dunne in at 3, but Dunne STOMPS Andrews’ hands as he gets in! Dunne goes out, tortures the fingers, then drags Andrews over to steel steps. Dunne stomps but Andrews avoids it, to huricanrana Dunne off the steps! The ring count climbs, Andrews gets Dunne up and into the ring, then pursues. Dunne Penalty Kicks the arm! Then he throws Andrews into buckles! Cover, TWO! Dunne drags Andrews around, traps the arms then clamps on with a chinbar. Andrews endures, Dunne pushes his head down again, and STOMPS again! Andrews clutches his neck but the fans rally up. Dunne drags Andrews up, Andrews fights back but Dunne CLUBS him down.
Dunne drags Andrews up again, scoops and takes Andrews to the corner. Andrews resists, gets to the apron and shoulders back. Andrews slingshots and victory rolls to STOMP 182! Dunne crawls to a corner but Andrews gets up. Andrews runs corner to corner at Dunne for double knees! Northern Lights! Float through to standing INVERTED 630!? Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and Andrews can’t believe it! Dunne gets himself to the corner, Andrews runs in, but Dunne puts Andrews on the apron. Andrews springboards and huricanranas Dunne down! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Dunne survives and bails out but Andrews keeps his focus. Andrews builds speed again, goes to the corner, ASAI! But Dunne catches him!
Dunne brings Andrews around, to APRON X-PLEX! The fans cheer this intensity as the ref says for them to get in the ring. The count begins, Dunne gets in at 2 and rests. Andrews stirs, drags himself up at 5, and gets in. Dunne drags him out, brings him over, and X-PLEXES him to the ramp!! The fans cheer for the Bruiserweight as he leaves Andrews behind. Andrews sputters and stirs but the ring count reaches 5. Dunne waits for Andrews but the count is at 8. Andrews springs up at 9 to get in the ring! Dunne won’t let up, he stands on Andrews, grabs an arm, and gives him Danielson Stomps! The ref backs Dunne off but Andrews still sits up. Dunne drags Andrews up but he’s mostly dead weight. X-Plex into STUNDOG MILLIONAIRE! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives Andrews’ counter but the fans are loving this!
Andrews drags himself to a corner, climbs up top, but Dunne stops him with forearms! Dunne climbs up to join Andrews, but Andrews resists the superplex. Andrews fights back, the two brawl, Andrews forearms but Dunne holds on. Andrews forearms again and Dunne falls! Andrews FALLS TO PIECES onto knees!! Cover, TWO!! Andrews survives and Dunne can’t believe it! The fans rally up again as Dunne stalks Andrews. Dunne drags Andrews up, pump handles, Bitter- No! Andrews arm-drags out and enziguris! Andrews runs, springboards, into a BIG forearm! Dunne drags Andrews up, X- RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Dunne escapes at the last second and Blackpool is giving this a standing ovation!
Andrews hurries back to a corner, hurries back up top, “This is Awesome!” Andrews leaps, Dunne dodges the shooting star, and then German Suplexes Andrews into buckles! Dunne drags Andrews back up, X-PLEX again! Pump handle, dead lift, BITTER END!! Cover, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
An incredible showing from both men, but the brutal Bruiserweight breaks through to the finals! We know in the present that it would be Tyler Bate as the inaugural NXT UK Champion, but Dunne would become the longest reigning in his own right. Will Dunne ever rise back up to take that title back? Or will he sink his teeth into new gold in the future?
A really fun Superstar Picks, and I’m rather surprised Nikki Cross and William Regal chose two matches from within the recent NXT UK run. I really like that Nikki appreciates the new stars so much that she chose Aoife VS Isla. Aoife and Isla are definitely primed to be big names even just a couple years from now. Dar and A-Kid was also a great choice, they’re also much in the same position as Aoife and Isla. Dar might even be close to some real star status already because he’s just hilarious on the mic. I didn’t expect McIntyre to choose something just outside of my coverage collection, but I’m actually happy he did. Dunne VS Andrews was incredible, even the second time around for me. Dunne is probably returning to NXT USA after the lockdown, but it’d be great if he had a revisit to some of these early match-ups, too. Next week’s “International Prominence” episode sounds awesome, too, I can’t wait to relive those.
My Score: 8.4/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.
Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!
- Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
- Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
- Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
- AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
- Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
- Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.
Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.
Tag Team Turmoil
Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…
Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…
Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.
Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-
Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.
Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.
(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)
New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-
We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.
Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”
Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-
As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.
Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.
We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-
Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.
Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.
Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.
(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)
Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-
Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.
Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.
Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)
BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!
It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!
Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?
- WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
R-Truth is having a picnic.
“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…
Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!
The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?
Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.
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